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The Getty Alchemy Collection

Materials from the Research Library, Getty Research Institute located in Los Angeles, CA.

The Getty Alchemy Collection includes books from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries dealing with the art and science of alchemy. Its core is formed by the Manly Palmer Hall collection, acquired in 1995 from the estate of the Los Angeles theosophist, who founded the Philosophical Research Society in Los Feliz. Originally acquired for its contribution to the history of visual symbolism, alchemy is now also recognized as the key to the history of materiality in the arts.

In addition to their influential allegorical and fantastic imagery, Alchemical texts record recipes and techniques for applications across the visual arts, including pigments, dyes, metal-alloys, and effects in glass, as well as the acidic washes of etching and lithography. Alchemy, called “the great art” in Medieval Europe, also speaks to essential ideas about human creativity and the relationship between Art and Nature which have infused the history of art from antiquity to the present day.


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Published anonymously. Author's name appears in later ed., published: London : W. Tait, 1918
Topics: Alchemy, Occultism
Imprint varies. Vol. 2: London : Printed for Henry Brome, 1663. Vol. 3: London : Printed by J.C. for R. Broom, at the signe of the Gun in Ivy-Lane, 1663
Topics: Occultism, Rosicrucians, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
Library has v.1
Topics: Occultism, Alchemy, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
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Topics: Biblical cosmology, Cosmology, Occultism
Vols. 1-2 paged continuously
Topics: Heydon, John, b. 1629, Rosicrucians, Occultism, Alchemy, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
Frontispiece is engraved port. of author, signed in the plate: T. Cross Sculpsit. Also, woodcut diagrams, including author's horoscope at p. 98
Topics: Occultism, Rosicrucians, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
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by Khunrath, Heinrich, 1560-1605; Vries, H. F; Diricks van Campen, Jan, 17th cent; Doort, Peter van der, fl. 1590-1602
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Pref. signed: Erasmus Wolfart
Topics: Occultism, Cabala, Alchemy
Signatures: A B-L
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Topics: Magic, Occultism
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by Vaughan, Thomas, 1622-1666
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Eugenius Philalethes is Thomas Vaughan's pseudonym
Topics: Alchemy, Rosicrucians, Magic, Occultism
The 1st publication of this work. Cf. Hogart
Topics: Biblical cosmology, Cosmology, Occultism
Hebrew at head of title
Topics: Rosicrucians, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric, Occultism
Attributed to Christian Rosencreutz (i.e. Johann Valentin Andreä); cf. Yale, Alchemy
Topics: Rosicrucians, Occultism
Errata, p. [6]
Topic: Occultism
Eugenius Philalethes is the pseudonym of Thomas Vaughan
Topics: Occultism, Alchemy
At head of title: D.O.M.A
Topics: Fama fraternitatis, Confessio fraternitatis, Rosicrucians, Occultism
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"Ad illvstrissimvm ac potentissimum principem Ferdinandum Roman. regem semper augustum atque archiducem Austriae conscripta. Anno 1536."
Topics: Prophecies (Occultism), Paracelsus, 1493-1541, Prophecies (Occultism) -- Early works to 1800
The 4 books are followed by: Levini Lemnii medici Zirizaei Paraenesis, sive, Exhortatio ad vitam optimè instituendam ..
Topics: Medicine, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric, Occultism
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by Vaughan, Thomas, 1622-1666
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Eugenius Philalethes is Thomas Vaughan's pseudonym
Topics: Alchemy, Rosicrucians, Magic, Occultism
Plates are allegorical etchings
Topics: Rosicrucians, Occultism
A reply to Henry More's The second lash of Alazonomastix (Wing M2677)
Topics: More, Henry, 1614-1687, Occultism, Alchemists
Signatures: A-2C
Topics: Rosicrucians, Millennium (Eschatology), Prophecies (Occultism)
Title on halftitle continues: magis elucidatus, et duabus epistolis augmentatus
Topics: Alchemy, Occultism, Rosicrucians
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Hogart, R. Alchemy
Topics: Rosicrucians, Occultism
First published in Latin at Frankfurt, 1742. This 1st English translation by John Campbell. See Hogart
Topics: Health, Longevity, Rejuvenation, Occultism
First ed. 1617, another in 1619; cf. Hogart
Topics: Rosicrucians, Occultism
Binding: old vellum over pasteboard. Spine title tooled in gold: Theophrast. Paracels. / Opera / tom. I (... II). Back strip of v. 1 detached
Topics: Medicine, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric, Occultism, Magic
Library's copy bound after and shelved with: Fama fraternitatis. Danzig : A. Hünefeldt, 1615 (SPECIAL 1380-915)
Topics: Rosicrucians, Occultism
Signatures: A-F(-F8)
Topics: Rosicrucians, Occultism
Binding: old vellum over pasteboard. Spine title tooled in gold: Theophrast. Paracels. / Opera / tom. I (... II). Back strip of v. 1 detached
Topics: Medicine, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric, Occultism, Magic